Did the examples of foreshadowing help you predict what happened in "The Leap"?

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Foreshadowing is a difficult thing to do well, because it should provide us with clues as to what will happen but forshadowing should be something that we are only aware of when the ending actually comes and we can see what has been foreshadowed and predicted. The mark of an excellent author then is one who is able to use foreshadowing but only make us aware of it at the end of the story, causing us to read back and look at these predictions again.

I must admit, when I first read this excellent story, this happened to me, and I was blind to how the author was using foreshadowing to indicate what was going to happen. Looking back at the story, my favourite piece of foreshadowing is the following:

My mother once said that I'd be amazed at how many things a person can do within the act of falling.

This of course foreshadows the narrator's own act of falling as she is saved by her mother at the end of the story. Therefore, I wasn't aware of these examples of foreshadowing until I had finished the story and so it didn't help me make any predictions.